Massachusetts Archaeology

Calico Buttons- Boston, MA

Calico Buttons- Boston, MA

Calico buttons are a type of molded, high temperature-fired porcelain button common in the 19th century. The term “calico” refers to the decorative print on the button’s surface, which was made to match calico-printed fabrics of the same pattern. The image above is a sample […]

Chamber Pot- Boston, MA

Chamber Pot- Boston, MA

Most of the artifacts we excavated at Dorchester's Industrial School for Girls came from either the school's privy or a coal ash-filled trash pit behind the school. Unlike most privies we have found, there was relatively little kitchen dishes or other household ceramics in the […]

19th Century Doll- Boston, MA

19th Century Doll- Boston, MA

While we transition from the field to the lab, here is an oldie but goodie artifact from our collection. This doll was excavated by our team in the backyard of the 1859 Industrial School for Girls in #Dorchester, a vocational school for poor girls who […]

Owasco Pottery- NMSC, Massachusetts

Owasco Pottery- NMSC, Massachusetts

These Owasco Corded ceramics have holes along the rim that served an important purpose. Can anyone guess what it was!? #nativeamerican #archaeology #ceramics #triviatuesday A post shared by NMSC (@nmsc_nps) on Jun 27, 2017 at 9:17am PDT

1930’s Poison Bottle- Northeast Museum Service Center, MA

1930’s Poison Bottle- Northeast Museum Service Center, MA

Check out this beautiful, cobalt, triangle-shaped POISON bottle! Can you tell us why these poison bottles are usually so vibrant and textured!? Bonus points if you know why they stopped making them like this around the 1930s. #archaeology #poison #glass #bottles #trivia A post shared […]

Shamrock Cufflinks- Boston, MA

Shamrock Cufflinks- Boston, MA

19th century enamel-decorated shamrock cufflink, likely from one of the Irish immigrant tenement occupants living in one the apartments in the Pierce-Hichborn house in the mid-late 19th century 🍀 #digbos #archaeology #boston #digPHH A post shared by City Archaeologist (@bostonarchaeo) on Aug 1, 2017 at […]

Historic Dishware- Pierce-Hichborn House, MA

Historic Dishware- Pierce-Hichborn House, MA

Things are getting interesting! Bottom and side of a 19th century cup we just found. Live update on Facebook at noon #digbos #digPHH #archaeology #boston A post shared by City Archaeologist (@bostonarchaeo) on Jul 11, 2017 at 8:24am PDT  

Encrusted Lusterware Jug- Boston, MA

Encrusted Lusterware Jug- Boston, MA

Base to a early-mid 19th century lusterware jug with encrusted design, found in the bottom of the 1830s cistern https://t.co/tIW5WprEk4 pic.twitter.com/tpt22sMHAn — Boston Archaeology (@BostonArchaeo) June 8, 2017

Cache of Marbles- Boston, MA

Cache of Marbles- Boston, MA

We found a cluster of over a dozen stone/agate marbles in the very bottom of the 1830 cistern at 3 Unity Ct. https://t.co/CYeLN6qzqM pic.twitter.com/p38xOlXZbW — Boston Archaeology (@BostonArchaeo) May 24, 2017 Updated: Boston Archaeologists discovered a cache of marbles at the bottom of an abandoned […]

Stoneware Mug- Westport, MA

Stoneware Mug- Westport, MA

The mug in our icon image is a gray stoneware mug with cobalt and manganese decoration from the Waite-Kirby-Potter site in Westport, MA, where we found a 19th-century deposit of ceramics containing a number of older curated vessels including this one. A post shared by […]